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Family Cars Getting Safer

12.6.2007

Australia’s family cars are getting safer, according to the latest rating of vehicle safety conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program.

The Australian Automobile Association today welcomed the results, which show all large family vehicles made in Australia now have a four-star rating.

AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said ANCAP results released today showed the Toyota Aurion, Toyota Camry and Holden Commodore all achieved a four-star rating – adding to those of the previously tested Ford Falcon and Mitsubishi 380.

“Australia’s car manufacturers are making safer cars and AAA welcomes this on behalf of the motoring clubs, their 6.5 million members and their families,” Mr Harris said.

“ANCAP Rates these cars and publicises their safety ratings on behalf of the car buyer – the consumer.  We encourage people looking to buy a new car to check the ANCAP ratings and ask for these safety features when they are talking to the salesman.”

But Mr Harris noted there are still vital safety features such as Electronic Stability Control and curtain air bags that can be added to these vehicles in the interests of drivers and their passengers.

“We look forward to seeing these life-saving technologies included and to welcoming a locally-made five-star car in this family vehicle category.”

ANCAP released its safety ratings for a number of vehicles, which can be viewed on the ANCAP website at www.ancap.com.au or by linking through the AAA website www.aaa.asn.au.

 

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